Updated: Sep 30, 2019
It has been said that without bees humans would only have 4 years to live whilst our ecosystems collapse around us. In Suffolk, solitary bee populations have dropped by 52% in the last 10 years. We have lost 4 species of bumblebees in the same time!
We have set out to try and support bees by encouraging the use of high pollen yielding plants and wild flowers. This has been inspired by a similar project in Amsterdam, which has seen a dramatic increase in bees since it began 5 years ago.
We have made our own beehive, from western red cedar, and we are currently supporting our very own honey bees. Our plan is to build many more to grow our support of bee populations. The byproducts from bee keeping are honey and wax, both of which will be supplied to local shops encouraging more people into our town.
Awareness is key; therefore, we will soon be launching our ‘Bee🐝Safe' programme! This will involve carrying out events with local scouts and community groups. The aim will be to promote the importance of bees and the small things you can do at home to help local populations.